Caroline Cheong

Caroline Cheong, Ph.D.

Caroline Cheong's research focuses on the relationship between urban heritage conservation and community and economic development, values-based conservation management, conservation economics and poverty reduction. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, including the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference, UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum, and the ICOMOS General Assembly. 

Dr. Cheong's current research projects focus on community land trusts and public-private partnerships as tools that leverage the historic built environment for equitable urban regeneration, including affordable housing. 

Dr. Cheong was a 2007 US/ICOMOS International Exchange Intern, during which she worked in Al Houson, Jordan on the rehabilitation of an historic convent into a community center. She was a 2009 Graduate Intern at the Getty Conservation Institute where she evaluated the challenges and opportunities facing historic cities.  Dr. Cheong later served as a consultant for the Getty during which she co-authored a research report on public-private partnerships for heritage conservation projects.

Previously, Dr. Cheong was Director of Research for heritage economics consulting firms PlaceEconomics and Heritage Strategies International, through which she published numerous research reports and professional publications focusing on the economic impacts of historic preservation with Donovan Rypkema.


  • Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania
  • M.S. in Historic Preservation from University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. in Anthropology from University of Chicago

Research Interests

Historic preservation, urban regeneration, poverty, Global South, public history 

Selected Publications

Edited Collections

  • Cheong, Caroline and Kecia Fong (co-editors). Change Over Time, “Gentrification” 8 (2). Spring 2019.


Book Sections/Chapters

Book Reviews

  • Cheong, Caroline. "Historic Real Estate: Market Morality and the Politics of Preservation in the Early United States by Whitney Martinko." The Public Historian 43, no. 3 (2021): 99-101.

Miscellaneous Publications


2018 Pauley Travel Award


No courses found for Fall 2022.

No courses found for Summer 2022.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11332 HIS5067 Introduction to Public History Face to Face (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
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Updated: Nov 2, 2021